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Hudson COPH Research Centers

Industrial Hygiene Students OEH

Biostatistics and Epidemiology Research Design and Analysis Center (BSE RDAC)

The Biostatistics and Epidemiology Research Design and Analysis Center (BSE RDAC), in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the OUHSC Hudson College of Public Health, provides biostatistical and epidemiological expertise and collaborative support for research initiated by OUHSC investigator and community partners. Faculty, staff, and graduate research assistants in the BSE RDAC provide expertise in areas ranging from formulation of research questions, research design, study implementation and monitoring, data collection and management, data analysis, and dissemination of findings. 

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Biostatistics & Epidemiology has an active, wide-ranging program of ongoing research studies.

Current research in Biostatistics includes:

  • longitudinal and other correlated data analysis
  • survival and clinical trials methodology
  • adaptive clinical trial design
  • statistical disclosure control
  • survey sampling and missing data methods
  • statistical genetics
  • high-dimensional and big-data analysis
  • causal inference
  • machine learning
  • attitudes toward data privacy and data sharing with researchers
  • statistical methods involving mHealth and community health studies in areas such as tobacco, obesity, diabetes, cancer prevention and control, diabetes and its complications, cardiovascular diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases, and developmental disabilities in adults and children

Current Epidemiologic research includes both infectious and non-infectious disease studies:

  • Infectious disease surveillance and collaboration with state and local health departments in responding to current epidemics
  • Wastewater surveillance to monitor the prevalence and distribution of infectious diseases, including SARS-CoV-2, and potentially other public health issues of concern
  • Research with populations infected with specific diseases under study including Campylobacter jejuni, SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, influenza, HCV and HIV
  • Transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2
  • Environmental and climate impacts on infectious diseases
  • Development of a national surveillance system for venous thromboembolism
  • Using innovative technology, such as machine learning and natural language processing to automate surveillance processes
  • Opioid and marijuana use
  • Factors contributing to vaccine hesitancy
  • Risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in American Indian populations
  • Evaluation of health communication campaigns and health-related programs
  • Smoking cessation and nicotine dependence
  • Social determinants of health and health disparities in vulnerable populations 
  • Obesity prevention in school age children
  • Surgical outcomes and health services research
  • Cancer etiology, survivorship and health disparities among American Indian populations
  • Pediatric health
  • Aeroallergens, air pollution and asthma
  • Patient reported outcomes
  • Clinical, lifestyle and environmental risk factors for maternal and child health outcomes
  • Environmental chemical exposures and gestational diabetes
  • Collaborative clinical research on factors influencing fertility treatment outcomes
  • Nutrition and food insecurity
  • Risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias in urban American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Assessment of prevalence, nature, and extent of sleep deficiencies among American Indians

Health Administration & Policy Research Centers

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Health Administration & Policy Collaborative Partners

Health Promotion Sciences Research

Center for American Indian Health Research (CAIHR)

Center for American Indian Health Research (CAIHR) is a multidisciplinary research organization and conducts health-related studies in partnership with American Indian communities. The ultimate goal of the research at CAIHR is to improve the health status of the American Indian populations. CAIHR conducts epidemiological, clinical, and environmental studies of health problems among these populations. The aim of these CAIHR research studies is to learn more about heart, lung, and blood vessel diseases, diabetes, the risk factors for these conditions and how they change over time, and how they may be related to liver disease, cancer, and conditions that inflammation. CAIHR also conducts studies focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. CAIHR has developed mutually respectful and productive relationship with American Indian tribes in Oklahoma, Arizona, North Dakota, and South Dakota. 


Oklahoma Public Health Training Center (OPHTC)

The OPHTC is dedicated to defining and closing gaps in public health education and training among the public health workforce in Oklahoma. This is accomplished through multiple objectives, including developing an academic and practice collaborative to promote workforce development, and assessing the training needs of workers and their organizations in relation to public health core competencies. Training resources are designed to enhance workers’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to provide essential public health services. The impact of the OPHTC’s efforts are evaluated and used to further the goal of workforce development. The OPHTC partners with state, local, and tribal health agencies, public health organizations, and other groups to reach as many individuals as possible.